Dutch like environmental zones, but not the lack of info
The Dutch are positive about the introduction of environmental zones, the Belgian equivalent of LEZ (Low Emission Zone), but believe that the information provided by the government leaves much to be desired.
This is evident from the Environmental Zone study conducted by Goboony, an online platform for motorhome owners, travellers and renters, among 1.170 people.
Younger drivers more positive
There are currently 13 municipalities in the Netherlands with a so-called environmental zone, an area within the municipality in which only ‘clean’ vehicles are allowed to drive.
A majority of the Dutch people (55%) think it is good that there are environmental zones and the younger road users, in particular, are positive about this. Three-quarters of motorists under the age of 35 agree that there are environmental zones, while this percentage is considerably lower (at 49%) among drivers aged 56 years and over.
Lack of information
Nevertheless, 74% of road users are not satisfied with the information on environmental zoning legislation and regulations. The proliferation of road signs, environmental zone rules, exceptions and technical requirements are the main causes of dissatisfaction. Only 5% of those surveyed feel well informed about environmental zones.
The fact that information leaves something to be desired is also evident from the limited knowledge that motorists have of the laws and regulations on environmental zones. For example, 75% of those surveyed do not know that environmental zones can apply to all fuel types.
Call for unambiguous European legislation
Many European LEZs have their own laws and regulations when it comes to environmental zones. No less than 88% of motorists crossing the border say they find this confusing.
“Each country has its own rules, stickers and special regulations, which means that people can no longer see the wood for the threes”, says Mark de Vos, CEO of Goboony, whose platform has been expanded to Italy, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
“A univocal European legislation on environmental zones would make it a lot clearer for motorists who cross the border.”
Two kinds of zones in the Netherlands
In order to address the lack of clarity surrounding environmental zones, the Netherlands intend to amend the law and regulations by 2020.
Whereas municipalities currently apply different rules and conditions in the 13 different Dutch environmental zones, from 2020 they will have the choice between two different types of environmental zones.
The yellow zone means no access for diesel vehicles with Euronorm 2 or lower. The green zone will stand for no access for diesel vehicles with Euronorm 3 or lower.